Dark Son: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

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Dark Son: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
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Review

In the early 1960s, six women, who all worked as prostitutes, were strangled, stripped and dumped, with their front teeth knocked out, in or close to the River Thames. The murderer became known as Jack the Stripper in increasingly lurid newspaper accounts, but no one was ever charged.

Although this reinvestigation, first shown on BBC Wales, occasionally feels a bit melodramatic and gimmicky, it’s still enthralling. Led by criminologist Professor David Wilson, a small team of experts, including Jackie Malton – inspiration for Prime Suspect’s Jane Tennison – re-examines the evidence and links the teenage murderer of two young children in Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, in 1921 with the London killings.

Summary

Criminologist Professor David Wilson examines the killing of six women in 1960s London, a case that remains unsolved. He considers another case from 1921, in which a teenage boy in a Monmouthshire village murdered two schoolgirls, and questions if the treatment of the bodies in both cases suggests they were the work of the same culprit.

Cast & Crew

Director David Howard
Executive Producer Rik Hall
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